If you live in Virginia, Lock & Talk provides free or low-cost, evidence-based trainings to help community members learn how to become alert to suicide risks, learn about connecting hurting individuals to appropriate resources, and feel more confident talking about mental health concerns and suicide.
Classes and training vary by locality. Please note, all courses have limited space, and all courses must meet a minimum number of participants to be delivered.
Trainings offered will vary between the agencies. Inquire about additional trainings from Lock and Talk based within your Community Services Board. Contact the hosting Community Services Board listed on the entry in the calendar for registration information.
ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Training provides an introduction to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) study. You will learn about how early adversity as a child can affect one throughout their life and steps we can take towards addressing the trauma and creating safe environments and relationships. Understanding ACE’s will help support the work and relationships you have with others. This is offered in various formats.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. The training is open to community members 18 or older with no clinical background necessary. Participants learn signs of possible suicide risk, how to work through a verbal intervention with the individual with thoughts of suicide and develop a plan to keep the person safe in the short-term, before the longer-term care takes place. CEUs are available.
Adult Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course primarily intended for adults to learn how to help others experiencing mental health challenges or crises. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems that individuals could experience and emphasizes the importance of early intervention. The course features audiovisuals, discussions, and activities. The course is offered in virtual and in-person formats and has multiple curricula designed to focus on populations such as Fire/EMS, Veterans, Police, and Higher Education.
Lock and Talk is a thirty-minute or one-hour presentation on the important role that lethal means safety plays in preventing suicides. The presentation will provide practical tips and valuable information about securing or removal of lethal means and how to recognize when to talk to a person at risk and take action.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a gatekeeper training that teaches individuals how to talk with someone who may be suicidal, learn more on how to prevent suicide, identify warning signs of suicide and how to get help for someone in a crisis. This course is typically one hour long and is offered in-person and virtual formats.
SafeTALK is a three-and-a-half-hour suicide alertness skills training open to all community members 16 and older. The course will use audiovisuals, presentation, and practice to help anyone be more alert to signs of suicide risk and become the catalyst to care, linking a person with thoughts of suicide to someone able to work through an intervention.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course primarily intended for adults to learn how to help young people experiencing mental health challenges or crises. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18 and emphasizes the importance of early intervention. The course features audiovisuals, discussions, and activities. This course is offered in both in-person and virtual formats.